Forging Ahead on the Problem with Probiotics

If you have a gut problem, then you’ve probably heard these 2 pieces of dietary advice: eat more fiber and try probiotics. But GI disorders are highly personalized and vary from person-to-person, so what works for one doesn’t always work for another. This is certainly the case with probiotics – where ingesting … Read more

Poop Samples Prove Neanderthals were Fiber Fans

an illustration of Neanderthals

The view that the meat-loving Neanderthals consumed vegetables has been revealed by the investigation of the oldest reported traces of human feces. Some 50,000 years old human fecal fossils propose that the Neanderthals had a balanced diet, including plenty of vegetables and meat. Around 30,000 years ago, Neanderthals, ancient human cousins, disappeared … Read more

Fiber Helps You Live Longer

brown rice, quinoa, and freekeh in containers

Fibers are edible carbohydrates that remain undigested in the human body, i.e.,they cannot be broken down by digestive enzymes. Dietary fiber or roughage is plant-derived, such as cereals, nuts, lentils, grains, fruits, and vegetables. Fibers are divided into three types, soluble fiber, insoluble fiber, and resistant starch. It is important to know … Read more

The Skinny on the Diet Soda Study

The Skinny on the Diet Soda Study

A new study published this week in the journal Obesity got a lot of press this week for linking diet soda to weight loss. But what’s the real story on diet soda? Does it cause more weight loss than drinking water will? First, about the study: it was funded by the American … Read more

Peanuts: A Food to Take to Heart

roasted peanuts

A Harvard study found that people who ate a handful of nuts every day lived longer, healthier lives than those who did not eat nuts. Most people think that peanuts belong to the nut family, but in actual it belongs to the legume family. Since peanuts are grown underground, they are considered as ground-nuts. … Read more

How to Eat Like Gold Medal Olympic Athletes

healthy muesli breakfast having a variety of healthy foods

It takes years for the Olympic athletes to adjust and perfect their diet. To compete professionally, we can learn about the nutrition tips from the world-class athletes that inspired them to the gold medal. Athletes approximately consumed a combined total of 330 tons of fruits and vegetables and 19 tons of eggs … Read more

Breathe Easier: Fiber May Ward off Asthma

asthma inhaler

If you have asthma or know someone around you with this condition, you probably have an idea that it is not fully curable. Usually, the use of an inhaler and different medications is advised to the people who have asthma as an attempt to relieve their symptoms. However, besides the medication and … Read more

Does Healthy Eating Cost More?

Neatly stacked vegetables in a supermarket aisle

Does having a healthy diet mean spending more money? Perhaps you’ve observed it as you shop – the nutrient-packed goodies can be painful for the wallet and can make you think that healthy living is beyond your family’s budget. But does healthy food really cost more? Harvard: Healthy diets do cost more … Read more

Fiber: The Key to a Healthy Heart

fruit salad in a heart-shaped bowl

Most of us understand the function of fiber in controlling problems like constipation. But the benefits of fiber do not limit to the gut functions only. Instead, a little fiber in your diet can do wonders for your overall health as well. And while it might sound like a lot, a bump … Read more

Fiber Report Card: We’re Failing

Fiber Report Card: We’re Failing

A sizable study recently showed just how little fiber Americans are eating…and just how bad that might be for us. Dr. Cheryl R. Clark of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School recently analyzed national-level consumption data from 1999-2010. In her report, published in the American Journal of Medicine, Dr. … Read more